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3:25 PM ET, February 18, 2015


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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush's foreign policy team is eerily familiar, in one Venn diagram  —  Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will announce his foreign policy vision in a speech Wednesday in Chicago.  Accompanying that speech is a rollout of a slate of experts who will help guide the candidate on foreign policy issues.
Inside Jeb Bush's ‘shock and awe’ launch  —  While Bush avoided the spotlight last year, aides were making a plan.  —  NEW YORK — In November 2013, Jeb Bush took to the rostrum at New York's Marriott Marquis for the annual meeting of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
The Same People Who Lied To You About Iraq Are Now In Charge Of Jeb Bush's Foreign Policy  —  President George W. Bush with then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in 2006.  —  CREDIT: AP  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will deliver a speech on Wednesday that seeks to distance his foreign policy views …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Politico Makes Case For Just Declaring Jeb Bush President Right Now
Barack Obama / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed President Obama: Our fight against violent extremism  —  The United States has made significant gains against terrorism.  We've decimated the core al Qaeda leadership, strengthened homeland security and worked to prevent another large-scale attack like 9/11.  —  At the same time, the threat has evolved.
Katie Pavlich /
Obama: Extremists Have “Legitimate Grievances”
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Oklahoma Bill Banning AP US History Would Make Students Study Ten Commandments, 3 Speeches By Reagan  —  An Oklahoma bill banning Advanced Placement U.S. History would also require schools to instruct students in a long list of “foundational documents,” including the Ten Commandments, two sermons and three speeches by Ronald Reagan.
F. W. Burleigh / American Thinker:
Is President Obama a Muslim?  A lot has been written about this, but if photographs speak louder than words, then a photo taken at last August's U.S.-African Leaders' Summit in Washington D.C. might shed considerable light.  —  It shows Barack Hussein Obama flashing the one-finger affirmation …
Sapling planted by Barack Obama at Raj Ghat on the verge of dying  —  A tree sapling planted by US President Barack Obama at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat in New Delhi during his recent visit to India is apparently on the verge of ‘dying’, probably due to lack of proper care.
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Obama tree nearly dead, Indian media reports
Discussion: National Review
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Barack Obama taps Joseph Clancy as Secret Service chief  —  President Barack Obama has named Joseph Clancy as the new permanent head of the Secret Service, the White House confirmed Wednesday.  —  Clancy, 58, has served as the agency's acting director since October 2014 after being tapped …
Discussion: ABC News
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Obama Chooses Joseph Clancy to Head the Secret Service
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
A Judge's Assault on Immigration  —  President Obama surely knew that his recent executive actions to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation would run into trouble as soon as a 26-state lawsuit opposing the actions landed on the desk of Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen, of Brownsville, Tex.
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
D'Souza On Obama: ‘You Can Take The Boy Out Of The Ghetto...’  —  Conservative activist and convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza on Wednesday raised the bar for his incomprehensible Twitter feed, tweeting a photo of President Obama with the message, “YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE GHETTO.”
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Banter
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Muslims To Form ‘Peace Ring’ Around Norwegian Synagogue After Copenhagen Attacks  —  A group of Muslims plan on forming a “peace ring” around a synagogue in Oslo, Norway, following the recent attack on a synagogue in Copenhagen.  —  Hajrad Arshad, the 17-year-old organizing the event …
Hudson Hongo / Gawker:
Alleged Police Brutality Victim Caught on Camera Punching Self in Face  —  In a video released Tuesday, a California man who accused Oregon police of giving him two black eyes is shown to have beaten himself instead, The Register-Guard reports.  —  After getting arrested in January on charges …
Discussion: Mediaite
Chelsea Gorrow / Register-Guard:
Sheriff: Man who falsely claimed detective assaulted him caught on video punching himself
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
Edward Morrissey / The Week:
Scott Walker, and the problem with valuing credentials over competence  —  “Whatever you do, make sure you finish college.  You'll regret it if you don't have a degree.”  —  My father offered me this advice once.  Actually, he offered it to me thousands of times (as did my mother) …
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and Washington Post
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Is Clinton a liberal Reagan?  —  It is very possible that Hillary Clinton will be elected president by a substantial margin, return the Senate to Democratic control, name Supreme Court justices who will create a liberal court for a generation and help elect enough Democrats to the House …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Guy Who Gets Paid to Say Obamacare Doesn't Work Can't Find a Single True Fact to Support His Case  —  It's the Heritage Foundation.  We are dealing with morons here.  —  Obamacare has increased enrollment in its health care exchanges to more than 11 million, and the conservative response …
Russ Choma /
Final Tally: 2014's Midterm Was Most Expensive, With Fewer Donors  —  The final figures are in: The 2014 election was the most expensive midterm election in history, costing a grand total of $3.77 billion.  But for the first time since 1990, fewer Americans donated money in this midterm election than the one before.
Discussion: NPR and Washington Post
Lawrence Mishel / American Prospect:
Failed Theory Posed by Wall Street Dems Puts Hillary Clinton in a Bind  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin at Columbia University Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, in New York.  —  There was a time where it was plausible to argue that more education …
Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
Rev. Graham: Obama ‘Ignoring These Are Islamic Extremists’ ‘Bent on Destroying the West’ - 'He's Given a Pass to Islam'  —  President Barack Obama will not acknowledge the truth of Islamic terrorism, its religious grounding in the Quran, and that it is bent on “destroying the West,” …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Wall Street Journal:
Foreign Government Gifts to Clinton Foundation on the Rise  —  Donations raise ethical questions as Hillary Clinton ramps up expected 2016 bid  —  The Clinton Foundation has dropped its self-imposed ban on collecting funds from foreign governments and is winning contributions at an accelerating rate …
Unama /
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rise by 22 per cent in 2014  —  Increased ground engagements between parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan are behind a 22 per cent rise in conflict-related deaths and injuries of Afghan civilians in 2014, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Millennials ditching their TV sets at a record rate  —  Millenials like this couple are watching less TV than ever before.  —  The biggest TV drama among millennials is playing off screen.  —  So far this season, younger viewers, the most important audience for advertisers …
Discussion: FOX News Radio and New York Times
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David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Trey Gowdy: Time for a Select Committee to Investigate the IRS Scandal
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Lind / Salon:
Doomed by the South: Why the emerging Democratic majority may never happen
Austin American-Statesman:
Travis judge rules Texas gay-marriage ban unconstitutional
Alan Schwarz / New York Times:
In Bid to Allow Guns on Campus, Weapons Are Linked to Fighting Sexual Assault
Discussion: Shakesville
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
No, the VA has not fired 60 people for manipulating wait-time data
Discussion: Mediaite and Truth Revolt
Peter Maass / The Intercept:
Stephen Kim Spoke to a Reporter. Now He's in Jail. This Is His Story.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
A Few More Arguments Against Obamacare
Antiphon Freeman / If You Only News:
All Hail The Chief: As Many As 6.1 Million Workers About To Earn A Lot More In Overtime Pay
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Saudi Cleric: The Sun Revolves Around the Earth
Byron York / Associated Press:
Joe Biden's woman-touching habit